Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Activity Books For Kids!

Like many American families, we are taking a few road trips this summer.  Ever since my boys were old enough, they have been in charge of their own backpacks o' fun during these trips.  Their backpacks usually include crayons, pencils, snacks, a drink, a zip-lock bag of LEGOs, a stuffed friend, and some books.  (I am going to cry the first time "Bear" doesn't come with us on a road trip!)  It has been my job to give the boys some entertaining, and (gasp!) educational books for them to choose from.

In hopes of keeping them unplugged and off my iPad, I have chosen a few activity books in addition to their books for reading (coming in a later post).   I thought I would share some of the activity books that are up for consideration:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do It Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)
Big Nate: Boredom Busters by Lincoln Pierce (Harper)
101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12 by Joanne O'Sullivan (Lark Books)
**Dear Son #1 is on his second Wimpy Kid DIY book.  We LOVE them!!

Oodles of Doodles by Nikalas Catlow (RP Kids)

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Sticker Collection (DK)
Pocket Doodles For Boys by Chris Sabatino (Gibbs Smith)
**Dear Son #2 is on his second Pocket Doodles, the first one he has is "For Kids"

Summer Bridge Activities K-1 (Rainbow Bridge)
Summer Bridge Activities 3-4 (Rainbow Bridge)
*You can laugh at me, but my kids actually do them, enjoy them and learn from these activity books.  I've tried them all, but these are my favorite multi-subject workbooks.

Wally World (aka Grandma's House), here we come!!!


Alison said...

Oodles of Doodles sounds cute. I always liked the Klutz books for activities. Especially their craft and travel books.

Alison's Book Marks said...

Alison - Oh, I forgot about the Klutz books! Even though most of them are geared for the girls, my boys have never scoffed at crafty activities! Thanks!

Zibilee said...

A lot of these books are perfect for long car rides. Have you also thought about maybe packing them some Mad Libs books? I know those were always popular with us when we were traveling as kids. Good luck on your travels!

Alison's Book Marks said...

Zibilee - I have two boys, and while they love Mad Libs, there is only so much I can hear the words "fart" and "poop" in a 6 hour car ride! :)

Julie P. said...

What a great bunch of books. I can personally vouch for a Star Wars Lego sticker book. I bet Booking Son would love these.

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